Pierson Toast When President Learned Of Elevator Incident Just Minutes Before Media
President Obama learned about being on an elevator with an armed ex-convict only minutes before it became public Tuesday. That was the death knell for Secret Service head Julia Pierson.
[su_center_ad]Ms. Pierson’s support in the West Wing began crumbling late Tuesday, in large part because she did not tell the White House of a security failure in Atlanta last month when an armed man was allowed to ride in an elevator with President Obama at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Despite meeting with the president last week, Ms. Pierson informed him about the incident only minutes before it was reported in the news media on Tuesday evening, officials said.
Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said Ms. Pierson’s delay in telling the president was a crucial part of “recent and accumulating reports about the performance of the agency” that led Mr. Obama to conclude that the Secret Service needed new leadership.[su_csky_ad]